By Leslie Lindsay
It’s been a long time coming. Close to 4 years, in fact. I set out to write a book–albeit–a bit relunctly at first on a topic very unfamiliar to me: childhood apraxia of speech (CAS, or just “apraxia”). When my daughter was just 2 years, 6 months old we were puzzled as to why she wasn’t talking like all of the other children her age. She was quiet. She was sweet. She was smart. So, why would something as simple as talking be such a challenging feat for my little sprite?
Sure, we understood most of what she needed–a grunt here, a gesture there, a soulful stare. We knew when she needed to be held, when she wanted a snack or a drink. But we never actually heard her say, “I’m hungry” till much later than typical.
When my daughter was diagnosed with CAS in 2007, I had no idea what it was, let alone how I could help my daughter. Well….fast-forward 5 years and I sure know a heck of a lot more now that I did before! (Maybe more than I bargained for…and probably still not enough of this neurologically-based speech disorder).
This past weekend, we “launched” my labor of love (no, my daughter is still safely tucked in her in 1st grade classroom). But the book, “Speaking of Apraxia” that was written in her honor went out into the hands of other parents who are walking the same apraxia path we did. It was like a little send-off for the book. And in some ways, I am a little apprehensive.
Will it do okay out there in the big-wide world all alone? Will it get into the hands of those who need it? Will I need to send some care packages from time to time? Yes…I suppose I will. I will be back here at my trusty laptop pushing it forward and cheering it on. I will be here to chart the course when the waters get a little choppy.
For my book has launched…but I will always be at the helm.
You may be interested in this review from Specialneeds.com just posted over the weekend: http://www.specialneeds.com/products-and-services/general-special-needs/book-review-speaking-apraxia
Copies of Speaking of Apraxia can be purchased through my publisher, Woodbine House (www.woodbinehouse.com), Amazon, and Barnes&Noble.